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MVRA: fixed price MoTs would hit small garages

Further to MVRA's recent statement concerning the future of the MOT test fee, MVRA has expanded on the reasons why it is against the other aftermarket trade associations' campaign to make the maximum test fee mandatory.

In an ideal world, MVRA says it would gladly support to a campaign to set a fixed fee for the MoT test, but has questions concerning the policing of a fixed fee and the fate of smaller independent repairers who rely on repair revenue generated through competitively priced MOTs.

MVRA also points out that of the 19,000 Vehicle Testing Stations (VTS¹s) approximately 15,000 have only one testing lane and so a mandatory fee could negatively affect more than 75% of the UK¹s test station operators.

John Wesley, MVRA¹s Head of MoT, points out that a mandatory fee may also pave the way for the introduction of multi-lane VTS¹s operated by major companies specialising in the supply and fitting of aftermarket components.

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